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South Korea’s top idol groups and singers attend e year-end SBS Music Festival held at KINTEX in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on December 29, 2009. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Singers undoubtedly become the busiest people in the entertainment industry at the end of every year with the variety of performances they have to prepare both individually and in collaboration with other artists for awards ceremonies of each broadcaster. On set of the SBS Music Festival on December 29, these artists and the show’s producers, who had already given up on about three days worth of sleep, put up their last fight into a camera rehearsal just hours ahead of the event’s actual airing.

As Super Junior member Hee-chul, who had transformed into Girls’ Generation member Jessica for song “Gee”, comes back to take his position as emcee, co-show host Jung Yong-hwa praises him saying, “You look good disguised in a girl, very pretty.” To this, Heechul chicly answers, “Yes, but even this beauty will turn 28 next year,” taking the young and less experienced Jung by surprise. Yet soon Heechul shows his warm side by explaining to Jung his position and organizing his comments for the show. Hyoyeon of Girls’ Generation too takes care of her juniors Krystal and Amber from girl group f(x), checking meticulously whether they are correctly performing the dance moves to SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong”. Former idol group singer Kim Tae-woo livens up the atmosphere by warmly greeting the young singers who appear on set.

Of course, it is not only the senior singers looking out for their juniors. 2PM member Chansung who was prepping for a partial recorded segment of the show, places his fellow singer Wooyoung in front of him and repeatedly shows him the new choreography they are set to sing on the show. Wooyoung, who had been listening intently to Chansung’s directions, turns around to face the wall and starts rehearsing the moves.

9:55 P.M. The show goes on air. SHINee member Onew, who was imitating the choreography of T-ara’s “Bo Peep Bo Peep” in a space arranged separately for the singers next to the stage, gladly greets and repositions himself next to 2PM member Nichkhun who takes his own seat. Super Junior’s Shindong, who had been immersed in singing along to Davichi’s “A Friend’s Confession,” transforms into a member of what looks like the choir from film “Sister Act” when the girl duo starts singing “8282”. Shindong, alongside Lee Teuk and Sungmin, start dancing and singing to the song with Yesung as the conductor. 2AM member Jinwoon returns to his seat after watching boy band 2PM’s first-ever performance of their song “Tired of Waiting”. Park Jin-young, the eldest amongst the singers at 38-years-old, reenacts his hit 90s song “Don’t Leave Me” with surprisingly swift moves and without doubt, of all the male idol singers who follow the dance moves to Girls’ Generation’s “Genie”, the best is 2AM leader Jo Kwon. While the video for “Gee” plays on screen, Super Junior members Heechul, Lee Teuk and Sungmin as well as SHINee members Minho and Taemin go up and stage to say hello to their fans and Siwon, also known as ‘Girls’ Generation’s CEO’, claps like a CEO with the most solemn look on his face. There was no ‘No. 1’ or popularity vote during the 200 minute-long show — everyone was a winner at the SBS Music Festival.

Reporter : Choi Ji-Eun
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk
Editor : Jessica Kim, Jang Kyung-Jin
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